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Old 28 August 2012, 11:52   #31
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I think that retro fit is the biggest market you would have in Europe for the first couple of years until you persuaded RIB builders to use it as standard.
I know of several RIBbers who would love something to help with fun on the Bristol Channel.
Something that can be bought as a roll at different widths maybe? no bonding required? easy to lift and clean? variant colours? doesn't mind sections being cut into it to access deck hatches etc? and unlike the military that do it all by night, UV resistant? non marking, i.e. won't scuff the tubes etc when fitting? fuel resistant? oil resistant?

If you can do all this, I'm in!!! let me know when.
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NCP,
We have an office in La Jolla and I live in Del Mar. Would love to meet with you to get your input when we release a consumer facing version of this product.

250KTS,
Thank you for that response and the information. I would love to talk with you more in the coming weeks.

Amityslave,
We should be able to hit all your requirements except it coming in a roll...

For everyone else, thank you very much. It will probably take us a couple of months, but we are going to release a consumer facing version of this product. Your input definitely helped us decide to move forward with it. I'll make sure I do my best to take care of all you guys that have helped out if you are interested when we release the product.

Thanks again!
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Ok...so we have our HPEAFS (High-Performance, Energy-Absorbing Flooring System) up and running!

Some more info here. Soft-Deck.com/news/HPEAFS

Looking forward to hearing any more feedback you guys would like to give. Email through the website is the best way for a quick response, but I will check back here often as well.

Thanks again!
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Ok...so we have our HPEAFS (High-Performance, Energy-Absorbing Flooring System) up and running!

Some more info here. Soft-Deck.com/news/HPEAFS

Looking forward to hearing any more feedback you guys would like to give. Email through the website is the best way for a quick response, but I will check back here often as well.

Thanks again!
Hi Whats the pricing for this please.
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I see $20/sq. ft. on the website for sheet goods.
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Let me know when you've got something for seats please?
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Hey NCP...thanks for jumping in there.

List price on sheet good are $20/SF and completed ready to install custom kits list at $50/SF.

That said, I appreciate the advice and help I've gotten from this forum, and the best advertising I can do for our HPEAFS is to get people to use it. So if anyone is interested, please email me with your specific needs and we will figure out something out.
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Hey NCP...thanks for jumping in there.

List price on sheet good are $20/SF and completed ready to install custom kits list at $50/SF.

That said, I appreciate the advice and help I've gotten from this forum, and the best advertising I can do for our HPEAFS is to get people to use it. So if anyone is interested, please email me with your specific needs and we will figure out something out.
Ross, since the difference between $20/ft and $50/ft isn't a small amount, how about a little bit on installation techniques, if you were to buy the sheets, how do you cut it, fasten, etc. I'm sure you guys aren't at the point of making youtube installation videos yet (because the Navy will pay full price and have you install for them!) but, as you can tell, this is a big DIY group.

On the custom kits, do you want people to send in paper outlines of the deck area needed? Can you do it just from a drawing? Do you get the specs from the rib manufacturers? (Though, I doubt that would work because there are so many custom layouts)

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Good questions...

First the cost difference between the sheet goods and complete kits basically comes down to production and design cost on our end.

We are working on building a complete how-to installation guide for when someone purchases sheet goods. This is another few weeks away at least, but it is in the works. Just quickly though, the material cuts easily with wood working tools, a router does a very good job and leaves a clean edge. Various other saws and flooring knives can be used as well, but then the edges need to be cleaned up afterward and a belt sander does a good job of that. Anyone that has a rudimentary set of wood working tools can work with the material and build a good looking deck covering.

Our custom kits go through a three step design process to ensure you get a kit that fits perfectly. First we send out a templating kit with instructions and material. You send the completed template kit back to us, and we digitize it. We will then send you back a full scale paper printout to ensure we got all the measurements right or we can make any final adjustments at that time.

Then we CNC cut the pieces to ensure accuracy, and because our system of joining the pieces together requires very tight tolerances. All of our custom kits secure to the deck using dual lock fasteners from 3M that are recessed in to the material (and we recommend the same for those using sheet goods.) All of the panels used to create a full deck covering are removable and attach together via a mechanically locking lap joint to ensure even if you step right at the edge of one piece, both sides of the joint will compress equally.
Attached is a close up picture of one of our removable joints.

Installing the fasteners to the deck depends on the surface you are installing over, and we either use dual locks with a VHB adhesive backing when installing on a bare AL or fiberglass deck or a backing designed for use with epoxies if we are going over an existing non-skid.
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The 2 helm pads have yesterday arrived in Germany - many thanks for your support !
BTW - never had such a fast delivery from the US - although x-mas - Fedex worked great !
Tomorrow I am going to France and next week I am intending to install and test the mitigation floor on my Searider .
All the best for 2013 !

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